Tuesday, January 31, 2012

One Man's Trash...

You know what they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure.  Okay, so I'm not a man, and neither was the woman who set this grill near the curb for trash pick up, but I certainly thought it was a treasure (however a small one), as far as finding inspiration goes.

I saw this slightly faded pink grill earlier in the day, and just had to snap a picture.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tunnel Vision

Looking through a hole in the fence into the backyard.

A weed is no more than a flower in disguise... - James Russell Lowell

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Beauty

A little randomness as far as my pictures have been going, but I bought this Barbie doll at a nearby Dollar General recently to practice using the close-up mode on my camera, and wanted to use the pictures I took of her.

And a Small Stone:

Youth, effortless beauty, captured in its exuberant light.



Saturday, January 28, 2012

Empty

A biting chill whips through
the already fragile emptiness,
cracking the once occupied
space in my heart, shattering 
it into a thousand
tiny splinters.

Friday, January 27, 2012

100 Posts!

Today is my 100th post!  I've had a lot of fun taking photos and sharing them on here every day over the past few months.  Since today is my 100th post, I thought I'd do a photo collage of some of my favorites.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Red Berries
















Water droplets glisten on red berries nestled against leaves of emerald green.

I've been writing Small Stones in a daily journal since discovering the Writing Our Way Home site a couple of weeks ago now, but decided to put one up on here to go with the picture I took this morning of red berries on the bushes against the side of the house.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Old Tractor

Another picture from outside Babe's, and I still have more to go.  As far as the variety, and the amount of pictures I came away pleased with, I'd have to say this might've been the most successful outing.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Afternoon at the Park
















Another nice day today.  A picnic in the park, playing frisbee, watching the ducks on a pond, and walking the trail around the park, all with two of my favorite people.  In January!  Gotta love this crazy weather.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Old School




















The initials, carved in old wood,
the same in the tree where we stood.
Encircled by a crooked heart
we proclaim our love to the school.
Staring across the room like fools
we couldn't bear to be apart.
With my finger on yesterday
I trace the memories and say,
where do I start?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Which Direction




















Have you ever had one of those moments where you seem to be going in every direction, but not really going anywhere?  Where you're doing so many different things that you can't pin one particular thing down?  Then you wonder why you think you have to pin only one thing down.  You're a well-rounded person with varied interests, and what's wrong with that?  Well, nothing, other than feeling like you're always just searching for that next thing that will consume you rather than grabbing a hold and soaring with the potential that bubbles just beneath the surface.

The phrase 'going nowhere fast' comes to mind.  I feel like this a lot, and other times I realize I have to slow down and just be.  It's a product of my willingness to learn, and impatience at achieving goals.

It hit me yesterday when I discovered I might've been doing something the wrong way after I'd enjoyed the process for days, when, actually, there is no right or wrong way. That pesky inner critic just wants me to believe I'd done it wrong.  So, I push Pesky Inner Critic aside and move on.  One small step at a time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Locked Doors

I climb and
scratch at the locked door,
splinters push
underneath
tender flesh that bleeds into
the dark crevices.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Finding Bits of History

Today, KeyRawr and I went to take pictures of a gazebo outside the Frisco Heritage Museum, but ended up finding much, much more.  Next to the museum is a restaurant called Babe's Chicken.  Apparently, this is a popular place to eat and also take photos.  There were two other people taking photos at various spots that lent great backgrounds, and there seemed to be a steady parade of people going into and out of the restaurant. 

Here are a couple of photos from today.  Nothing to do with the restaurant or the heritage museum, but these were some favorites that I tried using macro mode on my camera.  Will share more from the outing tomorrow!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Photography Tips Friday

A friend shared a few links with me the other day, and I wanted to pass them along here.  These two were my favorite.  The guy in the first series is very easy to understand, and has lots of information.  After watching his first two tutorials, I pulled my owner's manual out of the closet, dusted it off, and actually looked through it for the first time.  I've basically figured out most of the settings on the camera on my own, but having the book, and these videos, is helpful.



I'm thinking about taking the free photography course that Karl Taylor offers.  I liked his video on YouTube about lighting because that's something I seem to have a lot of trouble with.

And today's photo is of my baby, Mia.  I was planning to do some macro photography, and did attempt some, but they didn't turn out so well.  Practice, practice!

So, before the macro session, Mia was sitting on the ledge over the tub in the bathroom, her tongue flicked out, and I caught it at just the right time.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Park Bench












A whisper in the wind carries
memories not to be buried,
but cherished close to a varied
heart overflowing with
curious wonder at fairy
tale dreams that seem a myth.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Camera in Hand

When we were at the park over in Allen this past weekend, KeyRawr took some pictures of me doing what I love doing.  I think she and Oldest were on the bridge above me or somewhere to the side, and I didn't know she was taking these.  It was a nice surprise.  This is one of my favorites.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Rainy Monday

It's cold, wet, and gloomy today.  At least I still have a little bit of sunshine to share with you - ducks and geese at a park in Allen.

The ducks didn't seem as friendly as the ones we've encountered in the lake and pond near where we live.  I'm guessing the ones in Allen don't get a lot of bread tossed to them.  And the geese, big honking geese, will walk closer to you, but they're kinda scary with all the noise they make, and territorial attitudes.  Still, fun to watch.
















Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Enchanted Forest

This is from a park KeyRawr, Oldest and I went to today.  I call this part of it the enchanted forest because that's what it reminded me of.  All the greenery and tall, crooked trees.  A creek under a bridge (pictures of that to come).  A peaceful, quiet little place away from all the noise of the city.  I had a lot of fun exploring there today and taking tons of photos.

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Green Shed















Tucked away, hidden behind dark shadows,
I search blindly and reach out for that dream. 
The one that torments me and gives me joy.

How soon it comes, sometimes without warning,
and I'm left with nothing but tiny parts
tucked away, hidden behind dark shadows.

I grasp those glittery shards in my hands.
Hold tight to their sharp-edged reality.
I search blindly and reach out for that dream.

Spinning in circles, I let the jewels fall
with me in an imaginary dream.
The one that torments me and gives me joy.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mia


I think Mia has the right idea.  I'm going to take myself and my headache to bed.  Good night.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Short and Sweet




















The desire,
wrapped in its shiny
foil paper,
melts the ice
along the path to your heart
peeling off layers.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Birthday

It's my birthday today.  Almost over now.  I've been a little busy.  I received a lot of goodies and we all went out to eat at my favorite seafood restaurant (Red Lobster) tonight.  Mmm...stuffed mushrooms and mozzarella sticks for an appetizer.  Popcorn shrimp, baked potato with salad and iced tea for dinner.  Yum!  After we got back home, the husband made me a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing.

This morning, I found two CDs on my bedside table (the latest from Maroon 5, and Nickelback).  When I came into the study, I found another gift - the complete Irish Born trilogy by Nora Roberts (Born in Fire, Born in Ice, and Born in Shame) all in one big book.  Those were from the husband.  He also gave me a very pretty ring while we were out to eat.  It's from the open heart collection which I really like.

Oldest and KeyRawr got me "The Secrets of Ireland" by Kevin Eyres.  It has beautiful photos and text detailing Ireland's history, famous landmarks and present day villages and modern cities.  I can't even begin to do this book justice in all that it encompasses.  It's just awesome.  What a thoughtful, thoughtful gift!  Thanks guys!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Current

Yesterday, I posted about all the things that stood out for me in the past year.  Today, I want to take the time to list some current things (e.g., currently into, currently doing, current favorites).

Favorite song:  Moves like Jagger by Maroon 5
Currently listening to the Cars Shake it Up

Drink:  Dr Pepper (this never seems to change)
Currently drinking, you guessed it, a Dr Pepper

Unhealthy snack from 7/11:  m&m candies cookies
Currently eating the m&m candies cookies I bought tonight.

Book series:  In Death series by J.D. Robb
Currently reading "Holiday in Death" by J.D. Robb

Iphone game(s):  The Story series (Bakery Story, Restaurant Story, Farm Story).  Not currently playing because I'm typing, but I go back and forth between these and Word games (Wordfeud, Words with Friends and Hanging with Friends)

Iphone music app:  Pandora
Currently listening to the Cars on Pandora

Color :  Black, purple
Currently wearing both colors

Dream place to visit:  Ireland
Currently in love with all things Irish.  Hope to visit someday.

Season:  Summer
Currently freezing.  Wish it was summer now! 

Passion(s):  Photography, writing (always)
Currently leaning toward taking a photography workshop/class.  Currently catching up on journaling, and working toward writing goals.





















What are you currently doing/into? 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Recap

There were lots of memorable moments in 2011, and I wanted to do a kind of recap of some of my favorites.

I'd always wanted to go ice skating, and finally did.  Not at all like the roller skating I used to do when I was younger.  But totally fun.

Discovering a new passion for photography, and trying to teach myself all about it.

Meeting KeyRawr, and welcoming her into our home and hearts.

Seeing my first balloon glow (however small; only three balloons).  Still looking forward to seeing the big festival that Plano does every year.

Meeting Nikki Sixx at his Barnes & Noble booksigning.  Unfortunately, all of my pictures of him were blurry.




















Finally picking up J.D. Robb's In Death series (not pictured here), and falling in love with Ireland because of it. 



















Summer vacation to New Mexico (Carlsbad Caverns) and different parts of Texas.  My first time out of Texas in over 25 years. 















Looking forward to all that 2012 has to bring!  What are you looking forward to?